Bergen County Child Support Lawyers
Protecting the Best Interests of Children in New Jersey
If you are working to obtain a divorce in New Jersey and children are involved, you need to find a solution with your spouse to provide for the basic living expenses of your child. While it can be difficult to ascertain exactly how much in child support you will likely be ordered to pay, with our Bergen County child support attorney at our side we can help determine your child’s needs and how to handle them.
In New Jersey, the court follows an Income Shares Model. This model referred to as the Child Support Guidelines, is composed of statistical data approximating the total support amount that most parents would spend on a child in an intact family unit. This number is then split between parents during a divorce, based on their incomes. These guidelines may not necessarily dictate the support in your individual case.
Child support is meant to cover expenses for the child, including:
- Food and shelter
- Miscellaneous needs
The court can also revise the guidelines to include additional necessities such as work-related child care, the child's health insurance, or other necessary expenses. Our goal at Sherwood, Johnson & Poles is to always seek a favorable resolution designed with the best interests of the child involved, particularly after a difficult divorce. We work hard to reach agreements that focus on the child, as well as the family. Our team-based approach to cases ensures you and your family will be represented by a group of compassionate lawyers. We are dedicated to finding a solution that best fits the needs of you and your family, and we’ll never apply a one-size-fits-all approach to your situation.
Contact us now to schedule a consultation with our child support attorneys!
How Is the Amount of Payment Determined?
Child support is designed to protect them from economic hardship after a divorce. At Sherwood, Johnson & Poles our Bergen County child support lawyers can help provide you with an accurate valuation of your financial situation and child support duties.
Guidelines for determining support and creating a support order include:
- Assessing the income and expenses of each parent
- Amount of time the child spends with each parent is planned vis-à-vis child support
- Child-related expenses are listed and agreed upon such as food, shelter, education, daycare, etc.
- Each parent’s portion to be paid is determined by the first three steps
- Final support order is filed with the court and signed by the judge
If you have fallen behind in your payments, our attorney can address any outstanding child support warrants and find a solution to your current predicament. You need to resolve backed payments quickly as they can result in jail time.
Ready to Help You With Modifications
A child support plan can be modified if there has been an ongoing change in circumstances. While guidelines apply to minors under the age of 18, sometimes a court may decide that a parent should continue to contribute if his / her child over 18 is attending college full time.
A court may also deviate from Income Shares Model if they deem them to be inappropriate or believe they need to be adjusted to accommodate the needs of the children and parents. When doing so, however, the reason must be stated in writing.
Examples of reasons that the guidelines might be modified include:
- High-income situations
- If the children have special needs
- If more than six children reside in one household
- If either parent has medical expenses that are not reimbursed
- The children have specific educational needs
Enforcement of Spousal Support Orders
If you are supposed to receive child support and the supporting parent is either not paying or is late, a court action may be necessary. A hearing can be requested in family court and a judge will decide what action should be taken against the parent who owes payment of support. To learn more, do not hesitate to contact Sherwood, Johnson & Poles. In our 60 years of combined legal experience in family law, we have handled many such cases which means we understand how child support works in New Jersey and how to ensure you are not taken advantage of during proceedings.
As members of the New Jersey State Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Bergen County Bar Association, New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators and International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, you can count on us to provide you with the information for which you are looking.
Schedule your free case evaluation with our compassionate Bergen County child support attorneys today. Evening appointments available. We have over six decades of collective experience and are ready to help you!